Black Magic Cake

My youngest made me a birthday cake that was just to die for this year.  It was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted.  

Please note that the original recipe comes from a cook book by Hershey.  It’s a book about cooking nothing  but chocolate.

But she’s watching cooking shows and learned a couple of tricks from Bobby Flay(??).
The secret ingredients for recipe is to replace the water for a cup of very strong coffee.  
Nope can’t taste the coffee!  I’ve not seen the original recipe but probably you replace regular milk with buttermilk!  

The result is a deep and full chocolate cake taste.  I think the buttermilk must be part of what makes the cake so moist.  For homemade it’s really light too!


  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup very STRONG black coffee**
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup veggie Oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

**she underlined STRONG twice!!  It’s important!

  1. Combine dry ingredients
  2. Add wet ingredients then beat for 2 minutes.
    Batter will be thin!
  3. Pour into prepared 13×9 or two 9-inch layer cake pans
  4. Bake at 350°
    35-40 minutes for oblong pan
    30-35 minutes for layer cake pans
    or until a knife comes out clean when check.

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